A new business plan will incorporate plans for a green recovery and achieving the Council’s net zero carbon by 2030 ambition, according to a report considered by Policy and Sustainability Committee. The recommendations were made in response to the Edinburgh Climate Commission’s report Faster Forward Together, which was published earlier this month and presented to the Committee on 9 July. The report also recommended that a positive effect on city carbon targets should be considered when making any public stimulus and investment decisions and that existing projects that do so are accelerated to reflect the urgency and scale of the current climate crisis. This includes projects like the regeneration of Granton waterfront, the extension of the tram to Newhaven and establishing a Low Emission Zone, among others. A major public engagement, Edinburgh Talks Climate, is set to commence on Monday 27 July having been delayed from earlier this year due to the pandemic. The website, www.edinburghtalksclimate.dialogue-app.com, invites Edinburgh residents to take part in the conversation around the urgent action that is needed to tackle climate changes. The engagement will be conducted via various ‘challenges’ where participants can submit and vote on solutions, as well as watch informational videos to help them do their bit in different parts of their own lives.
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How well are our public spaces equipped to help us cope with the pandemic? You know that many of our pavements are too narrow to allow safe distancing, or allow cafes to offer outdoor dining. Crowding around the entrances to parks or businesses has been a big concern, and parents waiting at school gates in the months to come will also need much more space. The Scottish Government made £30million available to deal with these issues. For councils to widen pavements, introduce pop-up cycle lanes, close roads to through traffic, change traffic lights to favour pedestrians, and loads of other small things to make our streets safer. Some councils have introduced big plans. But others have ignored the funding. So how did your council do?
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